Soprano Carmen Giannattasio withdraws from SF opera “Giovanni” to recover from surgery

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Carmen Giannattasio in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the SF Opera in 2018 Photo: Cory Weaver/SF Opera

Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio has pulled out of the June production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ at San Francisco Opera as she recovers from recent abdominal surgery, the company announced on Wednesday 18 may.

The role of Donna Elvira will instead be performed by Australian soprano Nicole Car, who was previously scheduled to appear in “Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi”, the June 30 concert conducted by the company’s musical director.

Car is now set to make her corporate debut alongside her husband, Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis, who is set to debut in the title role.

Soprano Nicole’s Car Photo: Yan Bléney

Giannattasio, who made a memorable San Francisco Opera debut in Puccini’s “Tosca” in 2018, said in a statement that his surgery had been long postponed and his recovery was taking longer than expected.

“I am incredibly sad to share that I will not be singing Donna Elvira in San Francisco Opera’s new production of ‘Don Giovanni’,” she wrote. “I had hoped to be fully recovered by the time I started rehearsals, but unfortunately I haven’t healed properly and have to go home for further physiotherapy to be able to meet the physical demands of singing in a staged production. stage.”

“Don Giovanni,” which opens June 4 and runs through July 2, marks the third and final installment in director Michael Cavanaugh’s updated American stagings of Mozart’s operas with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy, it also features the company’s debut by soprano Adela Zaharia (Donna Anna) and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum (Masetto).

Also this week, the opera house announced three live streams of its summer presentations. “Don Giovanni” will air live on June 12, and the cover of “Dream of the Red Chamber” by composer Bright Sheng and librettist David Henry Hwang will air live on June 19. “Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi” will be broadcast live on June 30.

All three streams will be available on demand for 48 hours.

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